On today's episode of The Doctors, a woman with size 36G breasts consults with a plastic surgeon about her options. Her excessively large breasts are affecting her emotional and physical health.
Health Problems Caused By Large Breasts
While many women have breast augmentation performed each year, a large number of women are also having breast reduction surgery to relieve pain in their backs & shoulders. In addition, many women feel their excessively large breasts make them look overweight.
On the show, Dr. Gary Motykie explains "The surgery itself is really two parts, the first part I call the reduction part, we actually remove some of the breast tissue. The second part is actually a lifting part of the procedure, a reshaping of the breast so once we remove the tissue we want to reshape it into a breast that is more youthful and also perkier because there are really two problems, they are low and they're heavy so we want to correct both of those problems."
She was concerned that if she had children in the future she would not be able to breastfeed after the surgery. Dr. Motykie said, "A lot of women think that when the do the breast reduction surgery, they see the incision around the areola and that the areola is actually detached or comes away from the body, it does not it remains attached the whole time. So we say we try to leave as much of the plumbing, the nerves and the milk ducts that we can so it's not 100% that she will be able to breastfeed but it also 100% the other way, she still has an opportunity to breastfeed."